The Ferrari Testarossa is a mid-engine sports car manufactured and marketed by Ferrari, an Italian car manufacturer, from 1984 until 1996, with 9,939 units produced. One of the most iconic cars of the 1980s, the Testarossa was made famous by various media, namely Miami Vice on television in 1984 and Out Run on video games in 1986.
History of Ferrari Testarossa
At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled their first two-seater sports vehicle, known as the Ferrari Testarossa. This model has replaced the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. The five-speed manual transmission was standard on all Testarossa models. Pininfarina, a renowned Italian bodybuilding studio, was selected to create the sports car's appearance. The Testarossa nameplate pays tribute to the legendary 1957 250 Testa Rossa sports racing vehicle, which won the World Sportscar Championship. Italian for "redhead," Testa Rossa alludes to the red-painted cam caps on the 12-cylinder engines of both automobiles.
Ferrari Testarossa (1984 - 1991)
Because of its intricate design and odd engine, the Ferrari Testarossa is among the Italian company's most famous cars ever produced. Ferrari adopted the term Testarossa (redhead) for automobiles with two overhead camshafts. That technical feature grew so ubiquitous throughout the time that it was no longer worth noting. When Ferrari first released the car in 1984, it was still a huge accomplishment. Pininfarina created a unique body for that engine. Ferrari made a total of 7,177 Testarossa from 1984 to 1991.
Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR (1992 - 1994)
The Ferrari Testarossa and the 512 TR were two of the most iconic supercars of the '90s, inspiring a generation of fans. In the 1990s, it was nearly impossible to defeat Ferrari at its level. The Lamborghini Diablo was the sole big contender, but it couldn't equal the Countach's aesthetic appeal. A flat-12 sound was hard to overlook, and its lines were instantly recognizable. The carmaker manufactured a total of 2,261 copies for the 512 TR model.
Ferrari Testarossa F512 M (1994 - 1996)
The final race for Ferrari Testarossa, a car that became a part of automotive and popular history. Ferrari used to call their twin-cam engines Testarossa (red-headed) back in the day. The term was eventually rendered meaningless due to that distribution method's extensive use. Even in 1994, it was still a sought-after option on a car buyer's wishlist. During its 3-year production run, the company made a total of 501 Testarossa F512 Ms. In total, Ferrari made 9,939 units for the Testarossa model from 1984 to 1996.
Ferrari retailed the first Ferrari Testarossa with an original MSRP of $138,000, which is $381,862 in 2022. The company rolled off the Testarossa F512 M in 1995, with an original MSRP of $220,000 in 1995 (a whopping $415,032 in 2022).
Leather was utilized extensively on the inside of the vehicle by the designer. The designer used leather to cover all but the bucket seats to differentiate it from a traditional car interior. The gear stick was enlarged from the floor with no center console to protect it. In the middle of the room, there was a little storage container. The Testarossa was easily identifiable because of the engine's side air intakes. The radiators are cooled by air routed through the door panels and long slats. It wasn't just their available worth that was essential, but their appearance, which gave the automobile a distinct look. At the front, the black grille at the bottom section of the bumper and the pop-up headlights were distinct features. Pininfarina hid the taillights under a black grille featuring vertical slats at the rear. In contrast to many previous Ferraris, the taillights of the Testarossa were large and squared. In general, Ferrari used plastic and steel to construct the front and rear bumpers. Additionally, they used steel to build the cab doors and other structural components.
The Ferrari Testarossa delivers 390 hp (287 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 361 lb-ft (490 Nm) at 4,500 rpm of torque. This model accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in less than 5.0 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph (298 kph) and a curb weight of 3,616 lbs (1,640 kg). Ferrari manufactured the Testarossa model as a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model with a 5-speed manual transmission powered by a 4.9L Tipo F113 flat-12 engine.
Ferrari initially released the Testarossa in 1984, and it was in production until 1996 with two additional variants: 512 TR and F512 M.